Last week my wonderful bee, the best bee ever, had it’s Christmas Bee Day! I took a bazillion pictures and I just can’t leave out any important parts so I’m just going to have to split this blog in two! Today, I’ll show you food, fun, laughter and the infamous block exchange. I will save all the fabulous show and tell pictures for another day!
We all descended on Dede’s house, bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to party! Dede was sporting her Christmas spirit! Thank you for hosting!
There was an abundance of food!
And a lot of visiting, hugging, chatting and eating!
Thanks to Judy, the block exchange bags were assembled and ready to go:
We each tucked our blocks we’d been working on for months and months into the appropriate bags. And eventually we all gathered in the living room for the big reveal:
But there was still some serious visiting going on!
I wonder what Cindy and Linda are talking about…
First up were our absentee recipients, LaLa and Barb. Lani was our very special assistant, helping display the blocks as they were unwrapped (thanks Lani!).
Here are Barb’s black and white (with maybe a touch of red) blocks.
Barb, welcome back from Alaska!
Lala asked for coffee mugs, aren’t they cute?
Hopefully, someone will mail these to you!
Then it was on to blocks for the JSS’ers present. Judy distributed numbers and Sally was number one! Of course!
Sally asked for red and white blocks – any size divisible by 2.
I can’t wait to see this quilt, Sally!
Peggy requested these 36 patch blocks made from Aunt Grace fabrics. I’m sure she has a plan!
Patti asked for lantern blocks. Aren’t these gorgeous? I can’t wait to see how they are set!
Cindy asked for only three blocks (that way she only has to make three blocks) but these sure are pretty!
Linda Jacobson wanted hearts and these are wonderful!
Mary Ann, visiting from Minnesota (you have to say that with a Minnesota accent), requested framed 9-patch blocks. There was some block exchange collaboration between Mary Ann, Sue H., Sue Gallo and Karen. They all asked for basically the same block. These will be used as setting blocks for a block of the month – I think that’s their plan. Karen supplied the other blocks so you can see the effect.
Sue H’s framed 9 patches:
Sue Gallo’s framed 9-patches:
And, finally, Karen’s:
They all look pretty fabulous!
After all the 9 patches, we paused for a little bit of a show and tell and then Lynda was ready to unwrap!
She asked for Civil War blocks. I love the pink scotty dog!
Suz was super happy with her three neutral blocks. I understand there is a new table runner planned.
I just love Nancy’s wonky bird houses! I might want this pattern, Nancy!
My request was a broken sugar bowl block. I supplied the neutral fabric and asked for Civil War fabrics in the block. I am thrilled with the result! Thank you, thank you!
Next up was Davene. Now, I’ve been hearing about this block all year! I was told I was very lucky not to have this block to make. Davene had some explaining to do…
But look at all these wonderful creations!
Apparently they will be squared up into octagons and I’m sure will make a wonderful quilt! Can’t wait to see it.
Last year, Lynn got the award for the most “challenging” block request. So this year, she requested 9-patch blocks! Doesn’t she look pretty with all those pretty blocks?
Judy was up to bat next with these very pretty stars!
Kay requested place mat blocks! How cool are these? Way to think outside the (block) box, Kay!
Last, but not least was Madelyn’s bright and wonky log cabin blocks.
I think the block exchange was a raging success and am looking forward to some beautiful quilts!
Stay tuned… in the next day or so I will try to bring you “JSS Christmas Bee Day – Part 2.”